Your balance is controlled by three main sensory systems: vision, vestibular input (from the inner ear structures) and proprioception (the feedback from your body’s nerves, muscles and joints). Information from all three systems are integrated in the central nervous system. When one or multiple systems are impaired, or when the brain has difficulty processing this information, people can feel dizzy. At the OHSU Vestibular Lab, we provide comprehensive diagnostic testing of the vestibular system for adults and children. One of our specialized audiologists will perform testing to help determine where the impairment is so you can start on the appropriate treatment course. We believe treatment is best performed as a team involving one or more specialties including audiology, otolaryngology, neurology, physical therapy, and psychiatry.
In addition, we also provide diagnostic services to potential adult cochlear implant recipients.
Our services include:
- Videonystagmography (VNG)
- Cervical and ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials testing (cVEMP and oVEMP)
- Video head impulse testing (vHIT)
- Electrocochleography (ECochG)
- Adult auditory brainstem response testing (ABR)
Platform posturography testing is important for diagnosis and monitoring therapeutic progress in some patients. This testing is performed by the OHSU physical therapy service, an internationally recognized center of excellence.